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GOVERNOR AMAECHI WINS EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT AWARD

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SUBEB Chairman Sir Alli Oruitemeka, Alice Lawrence-Nemi, Hon Augustine Ngo , Prof Okorosaye Orubite during the programme.

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ISSUE OF OUT OF SCHOOL CHILDREN ADDRESSED - Commisioner of Education, Rivers State

The Rivers State Government RSG says it has addressed the issue of out of school children in the State. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State

Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi stated this while on inspection of schools after the resumption of second term academic session. The commissioner said that the

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Commissioner for Education Alice Lawrence-Nemi (r) with the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Barr Micheal West during their inspection of schools at the 2014 resumption.


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RSG TO UNIFY ACADEMIC CALENDER AND CURRICULUM FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS IN THE STATE

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he Rivers State Government says it will unify the academic calendar and the curriculum for both public and private schools in the State. The Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi stated this in a meeting with the National Association of Private School Proprietors NAPPS Rivers State Chapter, All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS and Association of Primary Schools Head Teachers of Nigeria AOPSHON in her office in Port Harcourt. The Commissioner while addressing the associations said that the essence of the uniformity is for effective management and implementation of education development plans. The Commissioner noted that such plans will take the education sector in Rivers State to a greater height. ''We have entered another year and we must work together to take the education sector in Rivers State to a greater height. Education cannot be left in the hands of the government alone and the need to have a synergy with the private sector and principals of schools is most welcomed. As we discussed in our draft policy, we are looking at having a uniform academic calendar for both private and public schools in the State. The State Government will also adopt a uniform curriculum for both public and private schools in the State. The reason for this uniformity is for effective management and

implementation of educational development plans'', she said. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State Dame Alice LawrenceNemi also commended the different associations for all their contributions to the development of education in Rivers State in 2013. She also called on them to continue to partner with the ministry so as to achieve the Millennium Development goals on education. The Commissioner stated that education should not be left in the hands of the government alone and the need for synergy with the different associations (NAPPS, ANCOPSS, AOPSHON) was necessary. Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi also listed out some of the achievements of the Ministry in 2013 which include establishment of Education Quality Assurance Agency and School Based Management Committee SBMCs Etc. ''The year 2013, was a remarkable year for the Ministry because of the numerous achievements we recorded last year. Some of our achievements in 2013 include, the drafting of our education policy, establishing of Quality Assurance Agency, setting up of School Based Management Committees (SBMC), setting up of t h e P o r t H a r c o u r t Technical/Vocational Centre, opening of Ambassador Nne Furo Kurubo Model Secondary School and above all the recruitment of 13,201 new teachers. Also, the issue of out of school children has been addressed. The State Government has approved and commenced the construction of 20 classroom blocks that will accommodate more pupils per school. The aim is to ensure that no child is left behind'' she stated. The Commissioner however set up a harmonization committee that will be responsible in harmonizing the academic calendar of both public and private schools headed by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Barr. Michael West.

Members of the harmonization committee include; the Permanent Secretary Rivers State Ministry of Education Barr Michael West, Executive Director Rivers State Education Quality Assurance Agency Prof Okorosaye Orubite, Chairman Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB Sir Alli Oruitemeka, Chairman Senior Secondary School Board SSSB Chief Allwell Oyesoh, NUT Chairman Rivers State Chief Godfrey Nwogu and representatives from NAPPS, ANCOPSS and AOPSHON. She also commended the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, for transforming the education sector in Rivers State. Earlier, the Commissioner for Education presented the new Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Barr Michael West to the members of NAPPS, AOPSHON and AOPSHON. The Commissioner for Education said that the Permanent Secretary Barr Michael West has worked in the Ministry of Power. She also called on the different associations to give the new Permanent Secretary the necessary assistance while in office. The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Barr Michael West thanked the representatives of different associations who were present at the meeting. The Permanent Secretary said that he is delighted over the acceptance of the uniform academic calendar by the different associations. He said the continuous synergy between the Ministry and the associations will take education in the state to the enviable height envisioned by the governor. The Executive Director Rivers State Education Quality Assurance Agency Prof. Okorosaye Orubite said that harmonization of the academic calendar in the State will assist the Ministry of Education to plan better for programmes like the

ISSUE OF OUT OF SCHOOL CHILDREN ADDRESSED excellence in the State. The Commissioner noted that the number of completed schools in the State will accommodate every child in Rivers State. ''The State Government is serious about children not being in school, out of school is something which no state will tolerate particularly in Rivers State because His Excellency has put in place the right infrastructure, he has recruited teachers'', she said. The Commissioner was also delighted with the turnout of pupils and students in schools. She stated that the State has made big improvement since Governor Amaechi took over the mantle of leadership, she also noted that the pupils and students are now trooping in to schools on resumption days because of the state-of-art facilities provided for them in their schools. The Commissioner commended the teachers who she described as the best in the country because of the commitment and dedication. She said that the teachers will provide quality teaching to their pupils and students in 2014. Well as you can see all the teachers are in the classroom compared to seven years ago when His Excellency came on board, teachers are very serious minded now. The children too you can see the population compared to seven

years ago, I have been in the Ministry of Education for nearly six and half, you hardly see any child on resumption day but now parents are more dedicated to see that their children are in school.'' she stated. The new Permanent Secretary Rivers State Ministry of Education Barr Micheal West said that he is delighted with his posting to the Ministry of Education. Barr Micheal West who has served in the Ministries of Power and Finance said that he will assist the Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi in realizing the visions of the Governor in the education sector. The Permanent Secretary said that he was amazed with the infrastructures put in place in different model primary and secondary schools in the State. Barr West noted that the people of Rivers State should be really proud of this administration because of the number of completed projects in the State. ''I am delighted to be here. This is the first time I have actually entered any of these new primary schools and I can tell you that I am amazed at what the Government is doing, and the people of Rivers State should be really proud of this administration. This is fantastic and I am going to support the Commissioner to drive the vision of the

holiday trainings for teachers'. Prof Orubite said that the free education programme of Rivers State Government is not only for pupils and students in public schools but also for children in private schools. The Executive Director of the Quality Assurance Agency noted that the need for a uniformed calendar was necessary because private schools are stakeholders in education development in the state. Prof Orubite also commended the Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi for setting up the harmonization committee that will draft out a unified curriculum and academic calendar for schools in the State. He stated that the decision of the committee will be accepted by all because all stakeholders are well represented in the committee. Prof Okorosaye Orubite added that Rivers State will be expecting to have a uniform academic calendar from the 2014/2015 academic session. The President of National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools NAPPS Chief. Hon. Victor Green said that unifying the academic calendar in the State is a welcomed idea. Hon Victor Green also commended the Commissioner for always involving them in every decision making of education policies in the State. He stated that the Private School Proprietors will implement the academic calendar whenever it is ready. The President of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS Dr. Augusta Fubara commended the Commissioner for the idea of a unified academic calendar. She said that unifying the academic calendar will lead to better planning and implementation of education goals in the State. The President of ANCOPPS Dr Augusta Fubara also said that the associations will collaborate with the new Permanent Secretary in achieving the visions of the State Government in the education sector.

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State Governor on education'' he said. The Head Teacher of Model Primary School Elekahia Port Harcourt, Mrs Erebulo Nyanabo said that academic activities have commenced fully in their school. The Head Teacher stated that the teachers are well prepared for the second term academic session. She noted that the teachers have all prepared their lecture notes during the Christmas holidays and promised of improved teaching from the teachers. ''We have started in earnest, right from the morning devotion to the classroom. The teachers prepared themselves during the holidays for this week, they have already prepared their notes and have submitted them to me. I have already gone through them and have approach them'', she said. Some of the pupils who spoke to newsmen expressed satisfaction for being in school on resumption day. The pupils said that the facilities in their school like the ICT, Libraries have all made them to return to school on the first day of resumption. They however promised to study hard so as to fulfilled the visions of the Governor in the education sector.


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RSG OFFERS IMMEDIATE EMPLOYMENT TO ITS SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES (36 MEDICAL DOCTORS)

The Comissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi (sitting middle) in a group photogragh with the 36 medical doctors. The Rivers State Government has given automatic employment to 36 doctors that graduated from the Kuban Medical School in Russia. The 36 medical doctors were beneficiaries of the Rivers State scholarship scheme that studied medicine in Russia. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State, Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi stated this in her office when the medical doctors visited her on their return from Russia. The Commissioner stated that the Governor of the State, Rt.Hon.Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, mandated the Ministry of Education to forward the names of the medical doctors to the Ministry of Health for immediate employment. Alice Lawrence-Nemi also said that the state Government needs the services of the medical doctors at the sick bays in the model primary and secondary schools and also the model health centres in the state. “I have mandated the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry to have your names and addresses because His Excellency Rt.Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, has asked the Ministry to hand you over to

Ministry of Health so that you can start work immediately and also ensure that you can get your employment letters� she said. The Commissioner revealed that the Rivers State Government has increased the number of scholarships given to students since the inception of Governor Amaechi led administration. She stated that the State Government through the Ministry of Education and Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency RSSDA has awarded scholarships to students to study different professional courses in countries like Canada, Russia etc. She revealed that many overseas scholarship students who have graduated in their various fields of study have been employed by the State Government. The Education Boss noted that the Governor Amaechi led Government has improved the health sector in the state by building model health centre across the state which is equipped with modern facilities. She said that the health centres scattered across the state are located close to the model primary and secondary schools. Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi also

congratulated the medical doctors on their graduation. She stated that Governor Amaechi and the entire State Executive Council is pleased with the doctors for making the state proud. Alice Lawrence-Nemi noted that the investment of the state government in the education sector is now yielding positive results. She also commended the three medical doctors who made distinction in their courses in Russia and tasked the doctors to give their best while practicing their professional careers. The former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Dr. Richard Ofuru said he is pleased to see the medical doctors who he conducted their screening exercise seven years ago to return back as professional. Dr. Ofuru said the he is very delighted for the medical doctors about their successful graduation from the Kuban Medical School. He also commended the Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi for ensuring that the vision of the Governor of the State Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in the education is well manifested. Dr. Ofuru also advised the medical doctors to take their work very seriously so as to justify

the investment the state government has invested in them. He noted that the State Government will be willing to do more if they give their best during their one year house manship and their National Youth Service Corps NYSC service year. He however thanked them for making the state proud and also wish them well in their career. Earlier, the spoke person of the returning medical doctors Dr Manoah Edwin commended the Rivers State Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for giving them the scholarship to study in Russia. Dr. Edwin who hails from Andoni Local Government in the State stated that the state governments paid their school fees promptly stressing that they do not lack anything throughout their entire stay in Russia. He also said that the state is wearing a new look since their return from Russia. Dr. Manoah Edwin noted that the medical doctors will give their expertise to the state. Out of the 36 medical doctors, three doctors graduated with distinction. They are Dr Nwankwo Hapuruchi Chinalurum, Dr Nzokuru Cynthia and Dr Princewill Matthew.


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TRAIN THE TRAINERS PROGRAMME TECHNICAL/ RECRUITED TRAINERS VOCATIONAL CENTRE: DEPART FOR GERMANY

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he Rivers State Government says the Port Harcourt Technical and Vocational Education centre will be functional very soon. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi stated this in her office when the recruited trainers for the school paid her a courtesy call. Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi said that Technical and Vocational Education is a very key to the development of any economy especially in Rivers State. The Commissioner said the Governor of the State Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi wants to bring the German style of technical Education knowledge in Rivers State. She stated that the Governor decided to adopt the German module when he visited the country sometime last year. ''Technical Vocational Education TVE is an important aspect of education. It plays a major role in developing a flexible and welleducated work force. Vocational education prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels. Technical and vocational education prepares one for the world of work with which the individual become reliant and can make contributions to the development of the society With the economy being more globalised than ever, it is important to have a background and a skill set that allows graduates to become immersed in the global economy right from graduation'', she said. The Commissioner for Education said that the Port Harcourt technical centre will have the same equipments with the centres in Germany. Alice Lawrence-Nemi noted that courses like bricklaying, tiling, plastering, electrical, metal and welding and sanitary works will be taught in the Technical Centre. She also advised the trainers who will depart for Germany on November 26th to be serious with their trainings in Germany. She said that their training will be very intensive which will required total commitment from them. Alice Lawrence-Nemi said the technical/vocational centre is part of Rivers State Government's economic reform agenda with respect to employment generation for the teeming youths in the State. She noted that the State is desirous of reviving the technical education in the state so as to equip the youths in different vocational skills that will empower them financially. The former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Dr. Richard Ofuru also advised the trainers to be good ambassadors of the State while in Germany. Dr.Richard Ofuru stated that only the most qualified trainers who passed their tests will teach at the Port

H a r c o u r t Technical and Vocational Centre. The spokes person of the team A u g u s t i n e Awoyesuku promised to make the State proud by taking their t r a i n i n g s seriously. He stated that the investment the State Government has made can never be in vain. A u g u s t i n e Awoyesuku also said that they will maintain high standard at the vocational/technical centre on their return to the State. The vocational centre is aimed at collaborating with the private sector in improving the vocational skills and competence of its indigenes with a view to empower them vocationally to be selfemployed and employable by employers of Labour in the areas of: I. Fashion design and hair dressing and cosmetics. II. Construction (brick laying, sanitary/plumber, electrical, tiling, stucco plasterer) III. Metal work, including welding and marine welding IV. Woodwork ( cabinet making, carpentry/joinery) Also mechatronics will be added in the medium term. The training curriculum shall be patterned in accordance with Germans standards with provisions to accommodate local conditions and taking into account local circumstances. Technical and vocational education and training TVET has emerged as one of the most effective human resource development strategies that African countries need to embrace in order to train and modernize their technical workforce for rapid industrialization and national development. One of the most important features of TVET is its orientation towards the world of work and the emphasis of the curriculum on the acquisition of employable skills. TVET delivery systems are therefore well placed to train the skilled

The trainers posing for a group photograph at the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa before their departure to Germany

and entrepreneurial workforce that Africa needs to create wealth and emerge out of poverty. Another important characteristic of TVET is that it can be delivered at different levels of sophistication. This means that TVET can respond, not only to the needs of different types of industries, but also to the different training needs of learners from different socioeconomic and academic backgrounds, and prepare them for gainful employment and sustainable livelihoods. A skilled workforce is a basic requirement for driving the engine of industrial and economic growth, and TVET holds the key to building this type of technical and entrepreneurial workforce. The need for a sustainable technical vocational education in Rivers State is very essential because of the role we play in the economy of the nation. Port Harcourt the centre of oil and gas businesses in West Africa and the growing demand for skilled artisans in the various multinationals have made it necessary for the Government to established a world class TVET centre in Port Harcourt. The Rivers State Government is partnering with ZWH a German firm in this area. The State Government was pleased with the German dual training which is very key to the technological and economic development in that country. The Governor of Rivers State Rt.Hon.Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi visited the country sometime last year and decided to revive the technical/vocation education in the State.


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RIVERS STATE FIRST TO LAUNCH

SBMC POLICY & GUIDEBOOK SCHOOL BASED MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES

The Hon Commissioner Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi presenting the SBMC Guidebook

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The Rivers State Government has launched the School Based Management Committees. The Committees will be responsible for the running and management of the schools across the State. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi launched the SBMC in Port Harcourt at the Dame Christy Toby Model Primary School, Elekahia, Port Harcourt. The Commissioner during the launch of the SBMC's said that community participation in the management of schools will create a conducive environment for teaching and learning. The Commissioner stated that the rationale behind the establishment of the committees is for community ownership and involvement in school governance and maintenance of facilities. She stated that quality learners are those who are healthy and supported in learning by their families and communities. “Quality in education has always been measured on quality of content in curriculum and how well such fits the present and future needs of learners. The new concept of dimensions in quality relates to quality learners among other dimensions. Quality learners according to UNESCO are learners who are healthy and supported in learning by their families and communities”. “The rationale for the establishment of SBMC is for community ownership and involvement in school governance and maintenance of facilities. Also SBMC creates an educational environment suitable for the teaching and

learning process where the core values of accountability, transparency, integrity and good management are practiced”. “SBMC is intended to move education forward, especially at the basic level through a combined effort of the government, community, teachers and the children. The committees are established to act as a bridge between schools and the communities they serve and the purpose of their establishment is to achieve effective community participation in the management and governance of primary and secondary schools”, she said. The Commissioner also said that the investment of the State Government under the able leadership of His Excellency, Rt.Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, in the education sector is to ensure its citizenry have access to quality education. the Commissioner for Education noted that the biggest gift any Government can give to its citizens is education stating that Governor Rotimi Amaechi has done so much for education in the last six years of his administration. She also charged members of the newly constituted committees to brace up to the challenge of administering quality management in our schools. “The investment of Rivers State Government in the education sector is an indication of its desire for a more educated citizenry. In the last six years of this administration, Governor Rotimi Amaechi has taken giant strides in the education sector in Rivers State like no other

Government before him. Since the biggest thing we can give our children and the future generation is the chance to realize their rights to education, this Government is resolve to do it right. We are committed to delivering free and quality education in Rivers State. We also want to use this medium to task all members of the Committees to brace up to the challenge of administering quality management in our schools” she stated. Dame Alice LawrenceNemi added that the State Government will continue to initiate policies that will continue to improve the quality of education in Rivers State. The Chairman of the Trade Union Congress TUC Comrade Chika Onuegbu said the establishment of the School Based Management Committees across the state is a realization of the vision of the State Government in providing quality education in the state. The TUC Chairman said the involvement of community members in the administration of schools is very commendable. He stated that education is the key to any meaningful development of any society stressing that education will give everybody wide range of opportunities to be responsible in life. “Education is the most important investment any government can make for its people. With education you can choose what part of life, what role you will play in life, you can decide for yourself what you can do in life. Without education you have limited


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opportunities to make that choice and so that is why education for us is very key” he said. Chika Onuegbu noted that he believe that constituting the SBMC in our schools will return the public schools back to its glorious days. The TUC Chairman is also of the opinion that parents will move their children from private schools to public schools because of the conducive learning and teaching environment the State Government has created in the schools. He also task members of the Trade Union Congress TUC in who are members of the committees to be up and doing in their responsibilities. Chika Onuegbu revealed that the body will always assess the performance of their members all the time to ascertain their level of contributions to the SBMC's. He also warned that members who are found wanting in their various capacities will be removed from their respective committees. “For our members, who are being nominated on this committee, I want to sound it loud and clear, we will demand for a report about their level of participation from the schools and from the Local Governments and State Universal Basic Education Commission. The reason is simple our integrity as TUC is astake and for everybody representing TUC your action and inaction reflect that integrity. And so if go there

and you don't do what you are suppose to do, we will request for the withdrawal of the person and replace the person with a more capable person” he stated. The TUC Chairman in Rivers State said that the best thing the Trade Union Body can do is to render the best service to the State, the communities and to the educational system. Chika Onuegbu also assured the Hon. Commissioner for Education of the Union's support in ensuring the success of the SBMC. The Chairman Nigeria Union of Teachers Rivers State Wing Comrade Godfrey Nwogu commended the Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi for establishing the School Based Management Committee SBMC in the State. The NUT Chairman said that the establishment of SBMC will make all stakeholders in education to work towards ensuring quality education is sustained in the State. he also promised that the NUT will ensure a successful implementation of the programme. The Consultant to the Ministry Dr. Sulleiman Adediran said that Rivers State is the first State in the country to Launch the School Based Management Committee's SBMC's Guidebook since the Universal Basic Education directed all States to implement the policy. Dr Adediran

explained that the SBMC will bring in community participation in the management of schools. The Consultant noted that Rivers State has made a bold step in the management of the new model primary and secondary schools by establishing the School Based Management Committees SBMC's. The former Permanent Secretary Rivers State Ministry of Education Dr. Richard Ofuru commended the Governor of Rivers State His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for transforming the education sector in the S t a t e . D r. O f u r u a l s o t h a n k e d t h e Commissioner for Education in the State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi for her passion in driving the visions of the Governor in the education sector. He said the State Government is confident in the ability of the persons nominated into the committees stating that the nominees are persons with integrity. he therefore urge all the members to adopt these schools as their children. Dr. Ofuru stated that the establishing in our schools will ensure adequate management and maintenance of the facilities in our schools.

2013 WORLD TEACHER’S DAY

CELEBRATION RSG TO PROMOTE OVER TEN THOUSAND TEACHERS The Rivers State Government says over 10 thousand teachers will soon be promoted. This declaration was made by the Governor of the State His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi during an event to mark the 2013 World Teachers Day Celebration, at the Isaac Boro Park, on October 5th, 2013. Governor Amaechi stated that the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board has concluded plans to promote the teachers. The Governor, who was represented by the former Permanent Secretary Rivers State Ministry of Education, Dr. Richard Ofuru stated that the imprest of the Head Teachers and Principals has also been approved. He stated that allowances that follow their promotions will also be paid to the teachers as well. The Governor's representative also charged the teachers to be committed and dedicated to their noble profession so as to achieve the vision of the Governor in the education sector. “The State Government has paid the imprest of Head Teachers and Principals in the State. Most treasured teachers, as you mark your day, we want to use this medium to charge you to remain committed and dedicated with the visions of the State Governor Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in the education sector. We assure you that the State Government under the leadership

of Governor Amaechi will continue to make policies that will make your profession very attractive”, he stated. Dr. Ofuru also said that the State Government place so much emphasis in the general welfare of teachers in the State which include regular payment of salaries, provision of conducive learning and training and re-training of teachers with issued certificates. In his speech, the chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers NUT Rivers State wing Comrade Chief Godfrey Nwogu commended the Rivers State Governor Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, for the general improvement in the teachers' welfare. Godfrey Nwogu said the education friendly Governor of Rivers State has made the education industry in the state the envy of other states. He also stated some notable achievements of the Governor which include the TSS/Minimum wage packages, regular payment of salaries, building and completion of world class model primary and secondary, capacity building and recruitment of 13,201 new teachers. Comrade Nwogu noted that the society needs quality teachers that will strengthen the nation. He also called on the teachers to answer the clarion call of contributing their quota to the development of the future generations. “Let me hasten to recall with

joy, the theme of this year's World Teachers' Day: A call for teachersTaking the lead for Quality Education. The emphasis here is that the society needs quality education and teachers are the cog on which the wheel of quality education must roll. Therefore, the teacher must answer this clarion call and the society on their own part must be ready to appreciate this cog that is carrying this huge wheel”, he stated. Delivering his paper during the programme, a lecturer in the Department of Educational Management in the Faculty of Education, University of Port Harcourt, Dr. Nath Abraham said the teaching profession is a divine call which is a call to serve God and humanity. Dr. Abraham called on teachers to teach and not to cheat, stressing that the teachers must plan for every lesson they want to teach. He also advised teachers to be disciplined so as to discipline their pupils and students. The theme of this 2013 World Teachers Day Celebration is A call for teachers: Taking the lead for quality education.


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Workshop on Implementation of New Curriculum

Rivers State Organizes Workshop For Teachers On Effective Implementation Of New Senior Secondary School Curriculum The Rivers State Government says it will be among the first States to implement the new secondar y school cur riculum. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi stated this during the One-Day Sensitization and Orientation Workshop for Teachers on the Structure and Effective Implementation of the new Senior Secondary School Education Curriculum held at the Government Girls Secondar y School Rumueme, Por t Harcourt. The Commissioner stated that the new curriculum which revolves around trade/entrepreneurship coincides with the Rivers State Government initiative for a self reliant citizenry. The Commissioner also said that the trade/entrepreneurship courses will mark a new dawn for education development in the State. She noted that the new curriculum will prepare technically inclined students who want to make a career in technical studies to enter the Port Harcourt Technical/Vocational centre. ''Today's programme marks a new dawn for a brighter future for our children as we discuss the implementation of the new secondary school curriculum and also Guidance and Counselling. “The New Curriculum which revolves around trade/Entrepreneurship courses coincides with Rivers State Government initiative for a self reliant citizenry'' she stated. The Commissioner laid emphasis on the need of the Guidance and Counsellors in the schools to direct the students on the right courses to choose from in their secondary schools. She disclosed the importance of Guidance and counselling in schools and also charged the Counsellors to brace up to the challenge of giving the students the right form of guidance in schools. The Commissioner also commended the teachers for their commitment and dedication while performing their duties and also tasked them to give more for the future of the State and our children. ''Also today, emphasis will be laid on the need to guide

our students in choosing the right career for themselves. Today's meeting will be used to charge us to brace up for the challenge of guiding our children right in our schools. We know the importance of Teachers in our schools, without you, the State Government could not have made such improvements in the education sector in the State. Our Children needs the best form of Guidance and Counselling and that can only be achieved when our children get the best direction from our teachers'', she said. The Executive Director Rivers State Education Quality Assurance Agency Prof Okorosaye Orubite said that the essence of the one day sensitization programme for Teachers on the Effective Implementation of the new Senior Secondary School Curriculum was to equip them with the full details and the structure of the new curriculum. Prof Orubite stated that the new curriculum will be effective in our schools when the teachers are well informed on the subjects. Some of the participants at the programme commended the Rivers State Government for driving towards implementing the new curriculum. After the one day workshop, the teachers resolved that: 1. The State should commence the implementation of the New Senior Secondary School Education Curriculum (SSSEC) immediately. 2. The Senior Secondary two students who are candidates for 2014 WAEC and NECO examinations, and are not yet taught C i v i c E d u c a t i o n a n d Trade/Entrepreneurship Subjects, should be given a long vacation programme for this New Subjects with financial support by the Ministry. 3. The Curriculum and text materials should be made available to all teachers to enable them implement the New SSEC. 4. Teachers for Civic Education and Trade/Entrepreneurship subjects should be sourced from teachers of allied courses. Resource persons and team teaching should

be encouraged. 5. Principals were advised to collect their stock of curriculum materials allocated to their schools from the State Ministry of Education and distribute to teachers immediately. 6. Very soon School Principals should be invited to attend sensitization and orientation workshop on the SSEC 7. In regular time the Senior Secondary students who will write WAEC and NECO examinations in 2014 should stay back in the school till 3-4pm to cover the syllabus on the new courses. The new Senior Secondary School Curriculum was designed to ensure that Every senior secondary education graduate should have been well prepared for higher education as well as acquired relevant functional trade/entrepreneurship skills needed for poverty eradication, job creation, and wealth generation, and in the process strengthen further the foundations for ethical, moral and civic values acquired at the basic education level. A total of 42 subjects were approved for the senior secondary education by the National Council on Education NCE. The new SSE curriculum structure specifies 42 subjects, distinctly categorized into four distinct fields of study namely: Senior Secondary Education(Science) Senior Secondary Education(Humanities) Senior Secondary Education(Technology) Senior Secondary Education( Business) The structure also identified compulsory/ cross cutting subjects: core subjects selected from any of the four fields of study: and electives subjects for each field of study. In addition,34 Entrepreneurial Trade subjects are to be offered in the Senior Secondary Schools for self reliance and wealth creation. These subjects would bring about uninterrupted curriculum content flow from the primary schools through the Junior Secondary education level which will also dovetail into the 100 level University programmes.

BOY'S BRIGADE OF NIGERIA COMMENDS AMAECHI FOR INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION The Boys' Brigade of Nigeria has commended the Rivers State Government for its investment in the education sector. The National Vice President of Boys' Brigade South East Hon.Justice Chinyelu Emeka Kalajine Anigbogu stated this while on tour of facilities at the model primary school, Elekahia and the Ambassador NNE Furo Kurubo Model Secondary Schools, Ebubu, Eleme. Hon.Justice Chinyelu

Anigbogu also said the Boys' Brigade is very impressed with the facilities in the schools. Hon.Anigbogu who is also a Judge in the Anambra State Judiciary said that the world class facilities in those schools complement the visions of the founding fathers of the Boys' Brigade who are interested in the youth development in the country. He stated that he is very happy with the improvement in the education sector of

the State because of what the Rivers State Government has invested in the training of the children. “We are impressed with what we have seen so far, what have been invested in the training of children and what we have here complements the vision of the founding fathers of the Boy's Brigade, and I want to commend the Governor, the Government and people of Rivers State for this facilities” he said. Also speaking the National Vice President Continued on page 8


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RIVERS STATE UNVEILS EDUCATION SECTOR STRATEGY PLAN AND SERVICE CHARTER FOR PUBLIC PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS AS GOV. AMAECHI PROMISES CONTINUOUS FUNDING OF EDUCATION Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, has urged teachers in the state to be committed in their responsibilities. He urged them to meet the challenge of delivering the best to pupils and students in model primary and secondary schools across the state built by his administration. He also pledged to continue with the free education policy in the state. Amaechi spoke at the public presentation of the Rivers State Ministry of Education Sector Strategy Plan and the Education Service Charter at the Conference Hall of Port Harcourt Technical and Vocational Centre, Old GRA, with the theme “Enhancing Sustainable

Guest Speaker Prof Green-Osahogulu, VC Ignatius Ajuru University of Education

resolve to provide quality and sustainable free education. “I never thought that there would be a time our revenue would fall from N20 billion to N13 billion and in the past six months that's what we have been suffering, so the administration is literally struggling to pay salaries, that is what you need to maintain and you know all of you here workers are ready to receive the money and you are not ready to make any sacrifice”. He said Rivers State pays the highest salary to teachers in the country and also promised to fund the quality assurance department to enhance its effectiveness. Presenting the state's education sector strategy plan, the Vice-Chancellor of Ignatius Ajuru University and guest speaker at the event, Prof. Rosemund Green-Osahogulu listed the numerous objectives of the education plan which she said would be achieved. She said the state plans to revitalize technical and vocational education and promote teachers' welfare

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Development in Education” According to him, training for teachers and their salaries for m the bulk of his administration's education expense. This is in addition to providing a conducive learning environment in model primary and secondary schools across the state. Governor Amaechi maintained that despite the challenges in running a free education system, in the state, he is prepared to continue with the policy and provide welfare for all teachers. “What the teachers do is to mould the characters of the children, I hope that the teachers will be able to pay us back in equal terms the amount of money invested in education."

Commissioner for Education Rivers State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi with the Chairman of the Occasion Prof Otonti Nduka

“We started with training, we trained the teachers, after training, we continued with employing teachers and creating a conducive environment for teachers to be able to impart knowledge to the children. “I hope that we will improve. This morning I looked at the West African Examination Council results all over the country for three years. We have maintained consistently third (position), why can't we be first going by how much we have put in education? We need to ask ourselves that question”, he said. He disclosed that the recent fall in the state's revenue seriously affected the execution of the state's education policies, but assured that his administration would not back off from its

Cross section of education stakeholders during the education sector plan presentation

She also said the state would recertify all serving teachers which she said was crucial to the success of the state education policy. Prof. Green-Osahogulu also noted that boosting teachers' proficiency and professionalism would significantly reduce or eliminate incidents of examination misconduct in the state. Another education objective in the state, she said, would be to “render the typical staff, members and students in the education sector sufficiently ICT literate and practically skilled for life and work in a globalized and digitalized world”. The state commissioner for education, Dame Alice Lawrence Nemi said the state education sector strategy plan would last for the next three years and would cover access and equity in education, strengthening institutional management of education and standard and quality assurance. Other areas she said would include teacher education and development and technical and vocational training and funding. She commended Governor Amaechi's foresight in the education sector, appraising his educational drive and plan in the state as one of the country's

best. She said the governor not only built model primary and secondary schools but also equipped them with modern facilities and well-qualified teachers to impart quality education to pupils and students in schools across the state. Before presenting the state's education service charter, Mr Suleiman Adediran commended Governor Amaechi for embarking on such gigantic and ambitious education projects in Rivers State. He commended him also for taking the necessary steps to ensure that education becomes sustainable in the state even after his exit from office. According to him, the state's education service charter, which is to ensure that good and profitable relationship exist between schools and teachers, pupils, students, parents and the community “is a document in which there is a commitment from the service provider, in this case the schools, private schools, secondary schools managed by Ministry and SUBEB to the customers, the parents, the teachers and the community. It will contain the standard of services that you can expect in the schools, information about them, their accessibility and how grievances can be addressed

you that what I saw here we did not have it in my state, there is no gain saying about it and we will go home and tell them that what they think they are that some other person has gone beyond that, both the primary and secondary, I give my thump up to the Governor” he said. Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Educomp Solutions West Africa, the managers of the Ambassador Nne Furo Kurubo Model Secondary School, Ebubu, Eleme Shantaram Hedgekatte commended the Governor of Rivers State

Rt.Hon.Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for providing the world class facilities in the school. Shantaram Hedgekatte said that the Indian firm will fulfill the aim of the Rivers State Government which is the provision of sound and qualitative education to the students in the school. He also explained the essence of smart class to the members of Boy's Brigade stressing that the smart class will speed up learning process among students in the school.

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South West of Boys' Brigade Prince Adegoke Adeniyi said he was marveled with the facilities on ground at the Model Primary schools and the Secondary schools. Prince Adegoke Adeniyi also said they will send a message to their Governors so that they will emulate Governor Amaechi in transforming their education sector. “My dear brother, it is beyond imagination, it is beyond human comprehension, that a Government can go as far as to what we have seen, I am from a state that has been practicing free education since 1955, but I can tell


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RSG TO HOST 2014

NATIONAL FRENCH COMPETITION

The Rivers State Government RSG says it will host the 2014 National French Competition for Secondary School students in the country later this year. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi stated this while welcoming the Director of Alliance Françoise Port Harcourt Mrs Helene Okutue and the Executive Members of Nigerian Association of French Teachers NAFT in her office in Port Harcourt. The Commissioner for Education hinted that the State will partner with the Alliance Francaise and the National Association of French Teacher NAFT to ensure smooth hosting of the competition in Rivers State. The Commissioner said that French Language is very important to the State. She said that the world is becoming a global village and the need to embrace another foreign language was necessary. ''French is very important because we cannot live with only one language, globally with what is going on now every child deserve to learn a second language. Rivers State is very traditional in the sense that French has been a language our teachers teach in our schools, and on behalf of Rivers State we will partner with you to enable us host the National French Competition in the State'', she stated. The Commissioner stated that Port Harcourt is the hub of oil and gas business in West Africa stressing that the study of the language will boost trade and foster better relationship and partners. The Education Boss noted that French companies like Total E&P, Air France have partnered with the Ministry in the development of Education in the State. She concluded by saying that the need to study french in our schools as a second language

cannot be over emphasized whilst not losing sight of indigenous languages. The Commissioner hinted that the Ministry has drafted the curriculum for the study of indigenous languages in the State. ''His Excellency ensured that not only foreign languages are being taught in our schools but local languages too. He ensured that Ogoni, Ekpeye, etc and we have done a curriculum for that and we are teaching our children so that we do not lose our mother tongue'' she said. The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education Barr Michael West said the French Language is very important to the State because we have to give our children the competitive edge in a globalized world. The Director Alliance Francaise in Port Harcourt Mrs Helene Okutue commended the Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi for organizing the French Teachers' workshop in September 2013. Mrs Helene Okutue said the training was fruitful

because the teachers are more confident in the teaching of French Language to the students. She pleaded with the Commissioner to make this training a yearly training for the French teachers in the State adding that the Ministry can even increase the training to two times in a year. The Director Alliance Francaise Port Harcourt Mrs Helene Okutue also said that Rivers State has won the bid to host the 2014 National French Competition for Secondary School students. She stated that Rivers State won the bid because of their two previous victories in the drama competition. The President National Association of French Teachers NAFT Rivers State Chapter Mrs Sarah Blackduke commended the Rivers State Government for their investment in the education sector in Rivers State.

RSG TRAINS FRENCH TEACHERS The Rivers State Ministry of Education says it will continue to improve the human capacity development of its teachers so as to achieve effective service delivery. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi stated this at the flagging-off of the three day training of French Teachers in the state at the Alliance Francaise in Port Harcourt. The Commissioner said that the training and re-training of teachers is one of top priority of the State Government. The Commissioner who was represented by the Director Higher Education in the Ministry Mrs.Mae Solomon noted that the demand for French Language is on the increase and the need to expose the students to an alternative foreign language was necessary. She also said that the State Government has promised to develop and enhance every sector in the teaching profession so as to get the best from the teachers. “This event is another programme the State Government is using to promote the human capital development of our teachers. Just last month, we organized induction courses for the newly recruited 13,201 teachers. As we all know, Capacity building enhances the ability of an individual to identify and meet

development challenges. This will also facilitate learning. Here in Rivers State the training of teachers is the major priority of the State Government because a quality teacher is a treasure to cherish. Without a good teacher, the school is just another building .We will continue to enhance and develop every sector in the teaching profession so as to get the best from our teachers” she said. The Commissioner also tasked the teachers to meet up with the demands of the French Language in the 21st century. She stated that Port Harcourt is the leader in oil and gas sector and the need to learn and speak the language was necessary because of the economic importance of the city to the West African subregion. “As we flag-off this programme today, we want to urge the teachers to meet up with the demands of the French Language in the 21st century. The demand for French language is on the increase and the need to equip our pupils and students with the language is necessary”, she stated. Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi also commended the French Training Institute Alliance Francaise for collaborating with the Ministry of Education in the training of French teachers in Rivers State. The Education Boss in Rivers State also

commended the Governor of Rivers State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, through whose relentless efforts has revived the education sector in the state. She noted that the education has received huge attention since the Amaechi led administration took over the mantle of leadership in 2007. The President of Alliance Francaise Alek Musa said the partnership with the Ministry of Education is a good development. Alek Musa also said that Nigeria is a big country in the midst of French Speaking Countries and also the leading economy in the sub Saharan Africa. He stated that as leaders the country should embrace the study of French Language so as to lead its followers (French Speaking countries in West Africa) successfully. The President of Alliance Francaise said, it is very important for Nigeria to learn and speak the French Language. “It is becoming a little more obvious that we are in the middle of many French Speaking Countries and we are also a big country and a big player in Africa. You cannot lead when you don't have followers and leadership is not about political leadership. Nigeria is one of the centres of development and if you want to do that you have to have partners and all the partners are


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Francophone Countries all around us. Our immediate neighbours will also constitute to be immediate partners in progress whether it's in economic sphere or in the political sphere�, he said. The President of Nigerian Association of French Teachers NAFT Mrs. Sarah Blackduke commended the Rivers State Governor Rt.Hon.Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, and the Commissioner for Education in Rivers State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi for the recent employment of 13,201 new teachers in Rivers State and also for sponsoring the three day-workshop for French teachers at the Alliance Francaise in Port Harcourt. Mrs. Sarah Blackduke also thanked the State Government for providing the resources that enabled them to participate in the Annual National French Competition among secondary schools at Makurdi, Benue State in 2011 and Ilorin, Kwara State in 2013. She noted that Rivers

State won the 2011 and 2013 editions of the competitions with students from International secondary school ISS, of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology as State re p re s e n t a t i v e s a t t h e c o m p e t i t i o n . Mrs.Blackduke also appealed to the Commissioner for Education to send French teachers to the model primary and secondary schools. The NAFT President in Rivers State also proposed for Rivers State to host the 2014 Annual National French Competition because of the achievements of the State in the previous competitions. She however, lauded the efforts of Alliance Francaise for allowing them to use their facilities to host their monthly meetings. Mrs Sarah Duke added that the French teachers will continue to do their best to promote the study, learning, writing and speaking of French Language among pupils and students in the State.

The Coordinator of French Teachers in the Ministry of Education in Rivers State Mrs.Asimie Dandison-Brown thanked Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for reviving the education sector in the State. Mrs. Brown also said that the Amaechi led administration introduced free education for all residents in the State. She commended the Commissioner for Education for implementing the vision of Governor Amaechi in the education sector. The Director of Alliance Francaise in Port Harcourt Mrs. Helene Geneau-Okutue thanked the Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi for sponsoring the French teachers for the three-day training workshop. The theme of the three day workshop is DELF Junior (A word wide language proficiency examination for secondary school.)

OUR STUDENTS ARE WORLD BEATERS - Commissioner, Ministry of Education, Rivers State The Rivers State Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi says students in the government owned schools in the State are now world beaters. The Commissioner stated this while welcoming Team Rivers students who represented the country in the world debate championship in Singapore. The Student who took the first position in the cultural event of the competition were all drawn from public schools in Rivers State. The Commissioner while receiving the students said the State Government is now yielding positive results on its investment in the education sector. She stated that the students are now competing favourably with their peers around the world. The Commissioner declared that improved teachers welfare and general infrastructural development in the schools has boosted academic learning in Rivers State. She also said that the declaration of the State of emergency on the education sector has brought total transformation in the education

sector of the State. The Commissioner however, congratulate the students on their achievement and commended the ever hard working teachers in the state for preparing the students for the competition. The coordinator of the Rivers State Debate team Mrs Asimie Dandison-Brown who presented the students to the Commissioner for Education stated that the students took the first position in the cultural event during the World Debate Championship in Singapore. Mrs Dandison Brown also said that the State came second in the quiz competition. She noted that Nigeria (Rivers State Debate Team) is the only black nation that participated in the championship. The Lead Speaker of the Rivers State Debate team Konya Faith from Government Girls Secondary School, Oromenike commended the Rivers State Governor Rt.Hon.Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and the Honourable Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi for their commitment and

passion in developing the education sector in the state. She said that pupils and students in the state are now happy with the investments made by the State Government in the education sector. She also promised that the students will continue to give their best so as to make the state proud. The other students that represented the state are Jeremiah Cornerstone from Community Secondary School Amadi-Ama, Port Harcourt and Owajino Nne-utoon Richard from Model Girls Secondary School, Rumueme Port Harcourt. A total of 30 Nations participated in the competition. Also, Rivers State Students came second in the South-South zone Centenary Debate competition which took place in Bayelsa State. The Centenary debate competition is organized by the Presidential Inter-School Debate Competition. The competition is used to mark the centenary memorial of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since its amalgamation in 1914 by Lord Fredrick Lugard.


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FREE EDUCATION... RSG DISTRIBUTES FREE BOOKS, UNIFORMS TO PUPILS AND STUDENTS

The Flagging-off of the 2013 Free Educattion Project took place at the Dr.Christie Toby Model Primary School, Elekahia, Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt. The Free Education Project is an annual event where the State Government distributes free books, uniforms, bags, sandals and sportswear to students and pupils in the State. You could recall that the Governor of the State Rt.Hon.Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, CON, officially launched the free and compulsory education policy where every child in the state will have free access to the model primary and secondary schools across the State. The Commissioner for Education Rivers State Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi during the exercise said that the passion of the Governor in education prompted him to transform the sector immediately he took over the mantle of leadership in the state. “His message is very simple; you know how much His Excellency has spent in this State. He has built good infrastructure, he has recruited 13,201 new teachers to ensure that you have teachers in your classrooms and also every beginning of the academic session, you are aware that the Governor will always distribute free books, free uniforms, sandals and bags to all schools in the State. He has not only given you free books, free uniforms, he has also given you conducive learning environment” she said. She stated that Governor Amaechi was a prepared administrator who declared a State of Emergency in the education sector when he assumed office in 2007. She said that the Governor transformed the education sector which was in a state of comatose. The Commissioner also said that the State will be celebrating four years of free education in the state and that the ministry will celebrate it with an art exhibition stating that stakeholders in the education sector will be invited. She noted that the State Government has established institutions so as to ensure sustainability of the free education programme

in the state. The Commissioner said that the Education Quality Assurance Agency and School Based Management Committees SBMC were established to ensure sustainability of these schools when this administration leaves the office. Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi also said that SBMC will involve local participation in the management of the schools. “Institutions are being set up, if you look at the Quality Assurance Agency, is not something the Ministry has to be everywhere. We have also set up the School Based Management Committee to ensure that communities are part and parcel of what we have on ground. The community will be part of a team that will ensure that these schools are maintained and clean. That is community participation”, she stated. The former Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Dr. Richard Ofuru commended the Governor of the State Rt. Hon.Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi CON, for his investment in the education sector. Dr. Richard Ofuru stated that the investments have exposed the pupils, students and teachers in the State. He also lauded the efforts of the Commissione r f o r Education Dame Alice L awrenceNemi for driving the visions of the Governor in the education sector. T h e Te a m L e a d e r Planning of UNESCO Headquarters D r . N y i Thaung said

he is impressed with the achievements of the Rivers State Government. He said that the dreams of UNESCO are to provide access to education to children around the world. Dr Thaung stated that Rivers State is doing enough for primary education. “First of all, I must say that I am impressed and also very proud of the commitment and the achievements being made by Rivers State Government. This is our dream which is to have the textbooks, good uniforms and all the learning materials”, He said. Some of the pupils during the flagging-off exercise at the Dr.Christie Toby Model Primary School Elekahia by Liberation Stadium commended the Rivers State Government for providing them with free books and uniforms. Highlights of the programme are the dressing of pupils with the new school uniforms and distribution of free books by the Hon. Commissioner for Education Dame Alice Lawrence-Nemi and the UNESCO Head of Planning Dr.Nyi Thaung.


Quarterly Journal... Vol 5 2014  

Quarterly publication showcasing the duty and achievements by the Ministry of Education, Rivers State

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